Fatal Undertaking: A Buryin' Barry Mystery

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Poisoned Pen Press Inc, Sep 30, 2010 - Fiction - 240 pages
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Funeral director and part-time sheriff Barry Clayton finds United States Junior Chamber (Jaycee) member Archie Donovan’s request absurd until he learns the casket will be the centerpiece of the Jaycees’ haunted house, a charity event with all proceeds going to the children’s hospital. But when the president of the Jaycees is murdered in the casket on Halloween, the national press descends upon Gainesboro to cover the bizarre crime. Sheriff Tommy Lee Wadkins assigns Barry to be the lead investigator of a case that presents no motive and no suspects. Then someone fires a shot at Archie Donovan, and Barry wonders whether the victim in the casket had even been the intended target. Barry finds his police work and personal life on a collision course as his ex-wife Rachel comes to town with high hopes of using the story to launch her TV network career. She begins prying into the lives of Gainesboro’s most distinguished citizens and creates a backlash that leaves another body in its wake. Old wounds are ripped open, family rifts exposed, and a criminal enterprise revealed that cuts to the heart of the community. Barry Clayton must follow a trail of clues as winding as a forest path. The unexpected destination: a mountainside of Christmas trees. Somewhere behind these symbols of peace and goodwill lurks a killer. Unmasking him will be a fatal undertaking.
 

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User Review  - delphimo - LibraryThing

De Castrique writes of a small town nestled in the North Carolina mountains where the main character works as a funeral director and part time policeman. The combination provides a glimpse at both ... Read full review

FATAL UNDERTAKING

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Who better to investigate a killing in a coffin than Buryin' Barry, deputy-cum-undertaker?Slick insurance man Archie Donovan wants funeral director Barry Clayton to lend him a coffin for the Jaycees ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
8
Section 3
19
Section 4
34
Section 5
47
Section 6
59
Section 7
72
Section 8
82
Section 16
143
Section 17
151
Section 18
158
Section 19
166
Section 20
175
Section 21
182
Section 22
188
Section 23
195

Section 9
90
Section 10
100
Section 11
106
Section 12
113
Section 13
123
Section 14
128
Section 15
136
Section 24
205
Section 25
215
Section 26
222
Section 27
228
Section 28
233
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Mark de Castrique grew up in the mountains of western North Carolina where his mysteries are set. A veteran of the television and film production industry, he serves as an adjunct professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. A Murder in Passing is fourth in his series featuring PI Sam Blackman. www.markdecastrique.com

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